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Recycled Materials Meet Haute Couture

When thinking of recycled and sustainable fashions, haute couture may not be the first style venue to come to mind. However, the past couple of years has seen an increase in the use of recycled materials in high fashion, and has highlighted the imaginative sides of quite a few designers that can do some really creative and new things with old supplies.

Fashion designer Michael Cinco has been able to create a variety of impressive styles with some interesting recycled materials.

One particularly eco-minded photography shoot showcasing his designs actually took place in a landfill. The designs were made from some unusual items like crushed glass, rubber bands, bags and even castoff parachutes.

The backdrops in the shots, dark reminders of the used textile materials, are definitely a stark contrast to the creative fashions.

Recycled Materials Meet Haute Couture

Image source: ANTM – Deisgner, Michael Cinco

Recycled Materials Meet Haute Couture

Image source: ANTM – Deisgner, Michael Cinco

Recycled Materials Meet Haute Couture

Image source: ANTM – Deisgner, Michael Cinco

Marcia Ganem is another designer that has incorporated recycled materials into her productions.

An interest in sustainable resources has led to imaginative and beautiful applications. One technique she uses with unbelievable results is reprocessing old tires into spun fabrics.

Recycled Materials Meet Haute Couture

Image source: Giorgio Mondolfo – Designer, Marcia Ganem

Integrating wires and string in with the fabric projects a soft, glossy appeal to the pieces.

Recycled Materials Meet Haute Couture

Image source: Giorgio Mondolfo – Designer, Marcia Ganem

Mert Otsamo is a designer that can display some sweet style.

Normally focusing on couture, Otsamo was enlisted by Magnum, an ice cream company, to design a gown for an event in Finland. An unusual collaboration, the dress was to be made entirely from recycled supplies from the ice cream shop. Reportedly, the concept sparked from the company’s ecominded focus, and from the interior of their ice cream wrapper which displays a golden, shiny surface. Company banners were also used as fabric for the dressmaking.

Recycled Materials Meet Haute Couture

Image source: Designer Mert Otsamo shown with his recycled creation

High fashion and recycling – highly inspirational.

All images can also be seen on features from Eluxe Magazine.

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